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Decoupaged Table 

Written By: Mary Anderson 


Clean rags (1) 

Face mask (1) 

Hobby knifed) 

Iron (1) 

Paintbrush (1) 

A small roller, and large and medium 

craft brushes. 

Sandpaper (1) 

Scissors (1) 


• Coffee tabled) 

• Mapd) 

of your choice large enough to cover 
your table. 

• Spray adhesive (1) 
such as Krylon. 

• Sealer (1) 

Mod Podge glue/sealer for paper. 

• Floor finish (1) 

Future floor finish or another clear 
acrylic finish. 

• Paint (1) 

or spray paint. 

• Newspaper (1) 

for covering your workspace. 


I've always loved to travel, and of all the places I've visited, Spain especially has captured 
my heart. What better way to keep my memories front and center (while sprucing up my 

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living room) than by adorning my coffee table with maps of one of my favorite countries? 

This project is perfect for those who love the aesthetics and romance of maps, for people 
who travel frequently and keep maps as souvenirs, and for those who wish they could travel 
more. Your new map coffee table will not only add a dash of design to your room, it'll surely 
inspire colorful cocktail party conversation. 

• Cover your workspace (under the 
table) with news- paper. 

• Sand your coffee table using 
medium-grit sandpaper. It's not 
necessary to sand all the way 
through the finish; you just want to 
create a rough surface that the 
paint can adhere to. After you sand 
the table, clean it thoroughly with a 
damp rag and allow it to dry. 

• Next, paint your table. You don't 
have to paint the whole tabletop 
(you may want to just do a border 
around the edges on top), but I find 
that painting the whole top provides 
a solid background for the map, 
should any of the table surface 
show through. 

• When dry, sand the tabletop lightly 
so that the map will adhere well. 

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Iron your map on a medium-high or high heat setting. The easiest way is to spread the 
map out on a carpeted floor. Make sure to iron both the front and the back thoroughly, 
getting the creases out as much as possible. 

Once the map is flat, lay it over the top of your table and position it to your liking. Mark the 
edges of the table by creasing the map. Cut the map so that it has a 2"-3" border around 
the creases you just made. This will make working with the map much easier. 

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• Lay the map wrong-side up on the floor next to the table. Wearing a face mask, liberally 
spray both the table and the map with spray adhesive — use a lot more than you think 
you'll need. 

• Working from one end to the other, begin placing the map onto the table. Make sure to line 
up the creases you made on the map with the edges of the table. Smooth the map out very 
carefully as you're laying it down. 

• Once the map is down, continue to smooth it out until it all appears to have adhered well to 
the table. Let the adhesive dry for about 3 hours. 

• If there are air bubbles after the adhesive dries, iron the table to smooth them out. 

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Using scissors, make a cut from the edge of the map that leads up to 1 corner of the table. 

Then use your hobby knife to cut off the excess map, making the edge of the map flush 
with the edge of the table. An easy way to do this is to place the edge of the blade along 
the edge of the table, then pull the blade along, lifting the cut-off paper as you go. 

Clean off the tabletop with a dry rag. Working from one end of the table to the other, use a 
paintbrush to lay down a coat of Mod Podge. 

If wrinkles form, many can be rubbed out with either your paintbrush or your fingers when 
the Mod Podge is almost dry, and most small wrinkles or bubbles will flatten out on their 
own as the glue continues to dry. Allow the Mod Podge to dry for at least 1 hour. It may 
still be tacky after it has dried, but this next step will eliminate that. 

Wearing your face mask, use your paintbrush to generously coat the tabletop with Future 
acrylic floor finish. 

A little goes a long way, so you won't have to use very much. To make your table surface 
durable and waterproof, brush on 3 to 4 coats of the finish, allowing each coat to dry for 20 

Your table will sport a wonderful glossy finish. If wrinkles appear when you're putting on 
the finish, don't worry; they should disappear as the table dries. 

This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 07 , pages 115-117. 

This document was last generated on 201 2-1 1 -02 07:1 9:1 1 AM. 

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